Thursday: Space Food

Apr 26, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Max discussed the pattern and put the number on the calendar.  He found the day of the week in Spanish and discussed the weather.  Max reviewed the Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Gravity.  The children told me everything they know about Space Food.  Astronauts must eat in space just like on Earth.  They take special food into space.  Fun Facts:  NASA nutritionists make sure astronauts have plenty of healthy, appetizing food while they’re in flight.  Salt and pepper are available but ONLY in LIQUID form.  This is because astronauts can’t sprinkle salt and pepper on their food in space.  The salt and pepper would simply float away.  There is a danger they could clog air vents, contaminate equipment or get stuck in an astronaut’s eyes, mouth or nose.  

Logic:  Discussed:  What games would you want to play in space? I passed out Lotto playing cards to the children and we sat in a circle. The calling cards were face down in the middle.  Each child took turns drawing one face card.  They looked at the picture and if it didn’t match their playing card then they passed it to the child that did have the matching picture.  We continued until all the Lotto playing cards were full.  

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  What would happen to a bowl of soup in space?  Astronauts can eat the same food we eat, but in a different way.  Most food is stored dry and then they add water.  It is served in tubes, or special packages that keep the contents inside until they suck it out, so it doesn’t float in the ship.  I had several different packages of space food that we got to try.  We had an ice cream sandwich, mint chocolate chip ice cream, strawberries, peaches, and fruit and nut mix.  The children thought all the space food was yummy.  You can find Space Food at Fry’s Electronics if you want to try it with your children.

Learning Approach:  Discussed:  How do you think astronauts learn to prepare and eat the food, brush teeth without water, drink and do everyday things?  Astronauts are trained to learn to do things in a different way, because they have the same needs. Astronauts have to study and practice to make sure they know what they are doing.   Each child came up one at a time and rolled the brain box and did the activity that it landed on.  They had to try to roll the box without using their hands.   Brain Box Activities:  Make a star with your finger, spin your hands 18 times, pretend to land on the moon, jump 17 times, find something yellow in the room, and fly to something black in the room

Emergent Reading:   Discussed:  What do you like to do while you eat?  Many people like to watch out a window or talk to others as they eat.  What do you think you would see out of a window if you were in a rocket ship. Discussed how to write a letter to someone while you are on a trip and things we can talk about.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play Center 2:  Post Card-  Each child will draw a picture of something they would like to see if they traveled to outer space.  They then had the teacher help them write a letter to a family member.

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